Two excellent Bryant sets, recorded for Prestige, though he's more well known for his Cadet sides. The first disc of the set is a very striking album – one of Bryant's most note
worthy of the time! The album features Ray playing solo piano – quite unusual for the period, as most piano jazz records, especially his, were at least cut in a trio format. Ray's wonderfully unfettered here – hitting grooves with a level of expression and sophistication that far surpasses most of his other records. The intimate time on the keys never gets hokey or overindulgent – but it does let Ray open up and show a side that we've rarely heard on wax. Titles include "Stocking Feet", "Blue
s #3", "Joy", "Me & The Blue
s", and "My Blue
s". The Ray Bryant Trio is another wonderful early side, featuring Ike Isaacs and Specs Wright in a trio alongside Bryant, performing sparkling renditions of standards and a couple originals, that are still infused with his blue
sy groove. Titles include "Golden Earrings", "Angel Eyes", "Blue
s Changes", "Splittin'", "Django", "The Thrill Is Gone", "Daahoud" and "Sonar".
(Cover has some wear and a mark from sticker removal.)